|Joy Reidenberg: Weird whales - PopTech|
In her talk, "Why Whales are Weird," energetic, articulate anatomist Joy Reidenberg presented an amazing array of fact about the beloved mammal (Whales evolved from deer-like creatures! Their spinal movement is more like galloping in the water! They don't actually spout water! They have mustaches!). She took us through the story of evolution using whales as a model, explaining that evolution is the process to mediate resilience and thus, survival.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Biology; Evolution; Ocean; PopTech iceland 2012
|Kari Stefansson: Decoding genetics - PopTech|
Dr. Kari Stefansson is recognized as a leading figure in human genetics who studies the fuzzy relationship between genetic mutations and environmental factors. "Where is the line of distinction between nature and nurture? Where is the line of distinction between genes and environment? It really doesn't exist."
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Biology; Evolution; PopTech iceland 2012
|Casey Dunn: Evolving Diversity - PopTech|
Casey Dunn"Casey Dunn is rethinking where individuality begins. He is fascinated by siphonophores, deep sea superorganinisms comprised of thousands of organisms that are genetically identical but function in different ways. How have evolutionary pressures acted on the siphonophore and the individual organisms within it?
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Science Fellows 2010; Biology; Evolution; Environment; Ocean; PopTech 2010
|Beth Shapiro: Species Extinction - PopTech|
What makes species go extinct? Evolutionary biologist Beth Shapiro explores the influences of climate and humans in determining species extinction. By analyzing the genes of ancient plants and animals, she traces the complex relationship between environment and the extinction and evolution of species.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Evolution; Living Systems DC Salon 2010; Climate; Biology
|Kim Cobb: How Climate Changes - PopTech|
Kim Cobb studies the climate variability of the past in order to construct a sense of what we can expect in the future. Having a clearer sense of rainfall, for example, over the next 100 years will be incredibly valuable in informing public policy.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Science Fellows 2010; Environment; Climate; PopTech 2010; Evolution
|Quick takes: Jesse Bloom - PopTech|
Jesse Bloom has strong interests in evolution, infectious diseases and genetic engineering. By investigating protein evolution as a complex system, his research has implications for understanding viral evolution and the spread of disease.
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